Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2020

The 14th Bucharest International Jazz Competition, 16 – 23 May 2020, is open to bands and vocalists of all nationalities. 

Competition Procedure

Applicants must be born after 1st of May 1980.

Bands may have up to 6 performing musicians and they may include:

  •     instrumentalists and vocalists
  •     instrumentalists
  •     vocalists

1st Round – Selection of semi-finalists

The admissions panel and adjudicators will evaluate each application. Recordings must have been made within the past 12 months. The application must include 2 – 3 pieces of different styles.

2nd Round – Semi-final on 16 – 21 May

  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 – 60 minutes in the competition’s concert hall
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 – 60 minutes in an unconventional space
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 60 – 80 minutes in jam sessions

Competitors have complete freedom in choosing their repertoire.

3rd Round – Final on 22 – 23 May

Finalists will perform 30 – 40 minutes.

Competition Entry Requirements

Registration in the competition will be made based on digital documents:

1. application form – Annex A, Annex B ( for each member ), Annex C

2. recordings for the competition

3. two different group photos, color, landscape format, min 1MB

4. copy of the bank confirmation for the payment of the registration fee

5. short presentation of the group – max. 10 lines

6. copy of passport |identity card for EU citizens, for each group’s member

7. technical rider

All digital documents will be sent using www.wetransfer.com as follows:

– make a folder and name it as your band

– copy all digital documents in the folder

– archive / compress the folder ( zip, rar etc )

– send the folder by www.wetransfer.com to email office@jmevents.ro

– please mention: ” Application for jazz competition – band’s name”

The registration fee for one application / group is 120 Euro and will be paid by bank transfer as follows:
Amount: 120 Euro. The payment will be sent free of charge to the payee.
Recipient: jmEvents

IBAN Account:  RO82 BACX 0000 0004 3583 4003
Bank name: Unicredit Bank – Izvor Branch
Address: 20 Libertatii Blvd., 050707 Bucharest
Swift Code: BACXROBU
Subject: Registration fee for BIJC for…(band’s name)

Drafts / bank cheques are not accepted.

The registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee will be refunded only to those competitors who have complete application documents and are not accepted in the Semi-final based on the recordings.

Registration deadline is February 10, 2020 ( by email: 23:59 ). Confirmation of the applicants’ registration in the competition will be made before March 1, 2019.

The participants will have a professional technician and sound system along with back-line of drum kit, acoustic or digital piano, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier and microphones.

For Finalists ( 4-6 bands ) the organisers will provide free accommodation, organised through the system of the competition, for the entire period of the Final. This offer is available only for those bands that have already used the accommodation system of the competition, being accommodated until the Final in the same hotels.

For Semifinalists the organisers make available an accommodation offer with special prices. If you are interested please make a request to office@jmevents.ro

The total amount of the prizes is 7.000 Euro: cash, in Romanian currency and concerts engagements.

  •     Grand Prize Winner              1.200 Eur
  •     Special Prize – Best Band       400 Eur
  •     Special Prize – Best Vocalist   400 Eur
  •     3 – 5 concerts engagements for one or two finalist bands

The prize-winners will have priority in being included in the programs organized by jmEvents both nationally and abroad.

Final performers will receive diplomas. Prizes will be awarded by a Jury whose members are well known personalities of the jazz musical world. The Jury will use the standard criteria as:

  •     style / interpretation
  •     improvisation
  •     technique / diction / articulation
  •     musicality
  •     time and rhythm
  •     intonation

All the decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable. The public preference will be considered for the final decision.

Each award-winner must receive his or her prize personally the next day after the Gala Concert. Any claim for the prizes after this date is not accepted.

The concerts will be broadcast by the Broadcasting Corporation or recorded for later transmission. A live or deferred broadcast by other Romanian or foreign Broadcasting Corporations is possible, as well as a complete or partial re-broadcast of the concerts on mass-media or online channels. By applying to take part in the competition, the applicants give their implied consent for this recording as well as for its transmission under the conditions mentioned above. The participants and the prize-winners have no claim to additional fees.

During the development of Bucharest International Jazz Competition, the participating bands are not allowed to perform in any other spaces except for those of this competition.

The infringement of rules has as consequence the exclusion from the competition, which is irrevocable, and/or taking pecuniary measures.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@jmevents.ro !

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